Title - 'Evergreen'
Artist - Beth Bombara
For those not in the know, Beth Bombara has a folk singer’s head and a rocker’s heart.
Drawing inspiration from the melodies and lyrics of Neko Case and Aimee Mann, along with the hooks and harmonies George Harrison and Tom Petty, she has toured nationally as a headliner and supported shows for Pokey LaFarge, Waxahatchee, and Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear.
Bombara's (and her band mates: Samuel Gregg (electric guitar, background vocals), Mike Schurk (drums and percussion), John Calvin Abney (pianos, organs, harmonica), and Kit Hamon (bass, background vocals, percussion, synthesizers) new album, the Kickstarter-created Americana roots rocker Evergreen is due out in August, but we have to say (having been sent a copy for review here in the magazine) that it is, quite easily (and in our humble opinion, of course), her best to date.
Indeed, Bombara's upcoming new album began thousands of feet above sea level! Looking to step back and clear her head after a long bout of touring, the rock & roll-influenced Americana artist nestled herself into the Rocky Mountains in a remote cabin.
The cabin's name? Why, Evergreen, of course.
As for why Bombasa didn't believe that she could make this new album (or at least, get it physically made and manufactured), she explained that more on the aforementioned Kickstater page: "Why am I asking you to partner with me? As you may have heard from other independent artists, we do this on our own, without the support and muscle of a record label."
"Traditionally, the label would fund the making and promotion of a new record. Since 2015, I've been making a living as an independent artist."
"Without label support, I've created 4 albums that I'm extremely proud of, toured the U.S. a handful of times, and built a community of fans that have made this whole journey about as rewarding as it can be."
"By simply ordering an advance copy of the album, opting for a one-of-a kind experience, or even just sharing this project with friends, you enable me to bring on all the people that will make this album happen."
"It is my belief that collaboration among different artistic disciplines draws out a stronger piece of work in the end."
"I've been working tirelessly toward the next thing: the next song, the next album, the next tour. Having people join in on that creative process is a total dream come true for me!"
1. 'I Only Cry When I'm Alone'
2. 'Upside down.'
5. 'Growing Wings'
6. 'Does It Echo?'
7. 'Good News'
9. 'Criminal Tongue'
10. 'All Good Things'
The album kicks off with the lo-fi countrified-Folk of 'I Only Cry When I'm Alone' and backs that up seamlessly with both the faster paced 'Upside Down' and then the emotive, forthright mid-tempo ballad 'Anymore.'
The twanging guitars light up for the Country vibe of the love song 'Tenderhearted' which is followed by the sentimentally charged yearnings of 'Growing Wings.' My own personal favorite here amongst the ten is the quite stunning lyrical gem 'Does It Echo?' with the loud and proud 'Good News' along next.
The bouncy 'Evergreen' is up next and then the album rounds out with both the fuzzy guitar rock of 'Criminal Tongue' and then finally the dulcet piano ballad, and aptly titled 'All Good Things' brings the wondrous musical experience to a close.
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